Chelsea can go furthest in Champions League, Man Utd chances ruled out – Alan Pardew

Those are the thoughts of Alan Pardew.

Chelsea are back at Europe’s top table after a hiatus last term where they didn’t play any European football.

Antonio Conte’s men got their group campaign off to a flyer last night with a 6-0 win over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are searching for their first Champions League title since 2012 when they beat Bayern Munich in the final on penalties.

And Pardew likes the look of Chelsea in the early stages of this season.

He said on Sky Sports’ The Debate Show: “Chelsea look as good as last year going into the Champions League in my opinion.

“Morata looks like he will only get better.”

Pardew however, doesn’t feel Manchester United are quite enough to challenge.

He added: “One of the Premier League teams can win it for sure.

“I do look at Real Madrid and when they played Manchester United, and I’ve seen two of United’s games this season.

“I thought they were level above – I still think we’ve got a level to go.”

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Conte: Bakayoko needs more time than Zappacosta to understand Chelsea’s style of football

That’s the verdict of Blues boss Antonio Conte in the wake of his side’s 6-0 win over Qarabag in the Champions League.

Bakayoko, 23, experienced a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge having arrived in west London from Monaco while carrying a knee injury.

But he’s since featured three times in the Premier League and bagged his first Chelsea goal in last night’s comfortable victory.

Conte hailed the 71st-minute strike as an important step in the central midfielder’s fledgling career.

He believes Bakayoko still needs to get used to the way the reigning Premier League champions play their football though.

Conte said: “To score is always important, above all when you play at home in front of your supporters in the first Champions League game. For a young player like him it was very important.

“Baka is improving his physical condition a lot. He is a strong player, a physical player, and he has to continue to improve and go better in our idea of football. He needs more time than [Davide] Zappacosta.”

Bakayoko’s fellow summer signing Zappacosta also got off the mark for Chelsea in their Champions League rout.

Goals from Pedro, Cesar Azpilcueta and Michy Batshuayi, as well as a Maksim Medvedev own goal, capped off an impressive performance.

Chelsea return to domestic action when they play host to cross-city rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

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